• Writers, Academics and Activists Condemn Pragya Thakur’s Statement

    SAHMAT

    May 18, 2019

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    We are deeply shocked by the statement of Ms. Pragya Thakur, the BJP candidate for the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, lauding Nathuram Godse the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi as a “deshbhakt”. This amounts to endorsing the murder of the Mahatma as an act of “deshbhakti” or patriotism. It is not enough for the BJP to distance itself from Ms.Thakur’s remarks, or to ask her to apologise. It is obvious that this is her position, no matter what she says to camouflage it for the time being.

    What is equally shocking is the number of BJP functionaries who have come to defend Ms.Pragya Thakur’s remark. Unless the BJP leadership publicly apologizes for Ms.Thakur’s remark and takes punitive action against all those functionaries who are supporting her remark, the conclusion will be inescapable that we have a political party running the government today that does not believe in the anti-colonial struggle, in the values underlying the Constitution that came out of that struggle, and in the father of the nation that was forged in the course of that struggle.

     

    Prabhat Patnaik              

     Vivan Sundaram                                

    M.K. Raina

    Irfan Habib                            

    Amiya Kumar Bagchi                      

    Sohail Hashmi

    Madangopal Singh                 

    Ram Rahman                                                 

    Zoya Hasan

    D. N. Jha                                

    C.P. Bhambri                                     

    Jayati Ghosh

    C.P. Chandrasekhar               

    Geeta Kapur                                       

    Saeed Mirza

    Sashi Kumar                           

    Aban Raza                                         

    Abhilasha Kumari

    Aditya Mukherjee                  

    Ahmar Raza                                       

    Anil Sadgopal

    Amar Farooqui                       

    Anil Bhatti                                         

    Anil Chandra

    Anuradha Kapur                    

    Archana Prasad                                  

    Arjun Dev

    Arpana Caur                           

    Arunkumar H.G                                 

    Asghar Wajahat

    Asmita Aasaavari                   

    Atlury Murali                                     

    Badri Raina

    Chanchal Chauhan                 

    Praveen Jha                                        

    Pulin Nayak

    Pushpamala N.                       

    Qurban Ali                                         

    Radhika Menon

    Rahul Verma                          

    Raj Chauhan                                      

    Rajinder Arora

    Rajiv Gupta                            

    Rajni Arora                                        

    Ramakrishna Chatterjee  

    Rekha Awasthi                      

    Rimli Bhattacharya                            

    Ritambhara Shastri

    Roop Rekha Verma               

    Saba Hasan                                        

    Sanjeev Kumar

    Dinesh Abrol                          

    Geetha Mehra                                    

    Shireen Moosvi

    Indira Arjun Dev                   

    Indira Chandrasekhar                        

    Iqtidar Alam Khan   

    Jennifer Mirza                       

     K. L. Tuteja                                        

    K. M. Shrimali   

    Keval Arora                           

    Kumar Shahani                                  

    Lata Singh

    M.M.P. Singh                         

    Madhu Prasad                                    

    Maya John

    Maya Krishna Rao                 

    Mithu Sen                                          

    Mohan Rao

    Mridula Mukherjee                

    N.K. Sharma                                        

    Nadeem Rezavi

    Nilima Sheikh                        

    Nina Rao                                            

    P.K. Shukla

    Parthiv Shah                           

    Shakti Kak                                       

     Sreelakshmi

    Subir Sinha                             

    Sudhir Chandra                                 

    Sukirat Anand

    Sukumar Murlidharan            

    Sumangala Damodaran                      

    Surendran Nair

    Suvira Jaiswal                        

    Tani Bhargava                                   

    V. Ramakrishna

    Vasundhara Chauhan             

    Veer Munshi                                      

    Vikas Rawal

    Vishwamohan Jha                  

    Vertika Chaturvedi

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